WHO WE BE

Built Games is a video game developer & publisher based in glorious Los Angeles. Founded in December 2014, we are dedicated to creating outrageously fun, sometimes quirky, mobile games and bringing them to market in the right way. We currently are focused on creating apps for iOS, Android, and Amazon, but we are also exploring future technologies and platforms to find the right audience for the right game.

 
MIKE PAGANO - FOUNDER & CEO Mike is an 11-year mobile vet who has worked on almost every mobile platform since 2005 and created successful titles in a variety of genres. Having led over 30 games to market, Mike started out engineering games for BREW feature phones at Warner Bros. before shifting to production and leading game development for Disney's DXD platform. At EA Mike led creation of the original iPhone and Kindle games before founding 8 lb Gorilla, EA's first F2P mobile studio based in Beijing. At Playfish he led production of SimCity Social and then ran the New Casino division for Zynga. Two of his titles won the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Game of the Year.

MIKE PAGANO - FOUNDER & CEO

Mike is an 11-year mobile vet who has worked on almost every mobile platform since 2005 and created successful titles in a variety of genres. Having led over 30 games to market, Mike started out engineering games for BREW feature phones at Warner Bros. before shifting to production and leading game development for Disney's DXD platform. At EA Mike led creation of the original iPhone and Kindle games before founding 8 lb Gorilla, EA's first F2P mobile studio based in Beijing. At Playfish he led production of SimCity Social and then ran the New Casino division for Zynga. Two of his titles won the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Game of the Year.

KEVIN MCKINNEY - FOUNDER & COO Kevin is a 10+-year game industry vet who has developed and published over 100+ games at Warner Bros Studios, covering online, social network, and mobile games (whoa!). He was nominated for an Emmy in the Children's Broadband Entertainment category in 2010.  Kevin has produced #1 mobile hits like Midway Arcade and Superman, and his last two movie mobile games, "Godzilla: Strike Force" and "Edge of Tomorrow: Live Die Repeat"  yielded 10 million downloads for WB! (Double whoa!)

KEVIN MCKINNEY - FOUNDER & COO

Kevin is a 10+-year game industry vet who has developed and published over 100+ games at Warner Bros Studios, covering online, social network, and mobile games (whoa!). He was nominated for an Emmy in the Children's Broadband Entertainment category in 2010. 

Kevin has produced #1 mobile hits like Midway Arcade and Superman, and his last two movie mobile games, "Godzilla: Strike Force" and "Edge of Tomorrow: Live Die Repeat"  yielded 10 million downloads for WB! (Double whoa!)

JAY GUEVARRA - VP, STRATEGY Jay is an award-winning Brand Marketing and Business Development Executive with over 10 years experience in entertainment and gaming. While working at both the studio and agency sides, Jay has spearheaded campaigns and partnerships for theatrical, television, video game and consumer electronics brands.  Likes - books and ice cream sundaes with all the toppings Dislikes - vegetables and musicals Favorite video game of all time - Star Castle

JAY GUEVARRA - VP, STRATEGY

Jay is an award-winning Brand Marketing and Business Development Executive with over 10 years experience in entertainment and gaming. While working at both the studio and agency sides, Jay has spearheaded campaigns and partnerships for theatrical, television, video game and consumer electronics brands. 

Likes - books and ice cream sundaes with all the toppings
Dislikes - vegetables and musicals
Favorite video game of all time - Star Castle

ED "WORD" PARK - DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS It has been written, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."  Rather than living up to the mantle of being "Word," Ed squandered his youth chasing much wine, women, and song.  (Actually, it was not so much of the latter two, but rather, other addictions including video games). After a long and roundabout journey working and managing projects in PR, economic research, nonprofit health, real estate development, Ed is now in a position to achieve his true destiny: becoming the god of spelling fast.  

ED "WORD" PARK - DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS

It has been written, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."  Rather than living up to the mantle of being "Word," Ed squandered his youth chasing much wine, women, and song.  (Actually, it was not so much of the latter two, but rather, other addictions including video games). After a long and roundabout journey working and managing projects in PR, economic research, nonprofit health, real estate development, Ed is now in a position to achieve his true destiny: becoming the god of spelling fast.

 

 
ERICK AZARIAN - QUALITY ASSURANCE To ‘reason’ and to ‘feel’ are the two quintessential assets of revolutionized intelligence.  Video Games have been a major part of Erick’s life. The first couple of video games he recalls playing consistently were, Tetris, Mario 64, Mario Kart, and Crash Bandicoot. He then grew up with Counter-Strike: 1.6, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, and Counter-Strike: Source. Though he knew about the Halo franchise, he didn’t begin loving it until Halo 3 hit the market, which was when he got his first Xbox 360 Elite. Since then, Erick says that the Halo franchise is the best video game franchise to ever hit the market and according to him, the best video game franchise to ever do it. #FanLove Ultimately, Erick’s desire to begin in the Industry as a Quality Assurance stems from spending those, many, countless hours playing games and not getting paid.

ERICK AZARIAN - QUALITY ASSURANCE

To ‘reason’ and to ‘feel’ are the two quintessential assets of revolutionized intelligence. 

Video Games have been a major part of Erick’s life. The first couple of video games he recalls playing consistently were, Tetris, Mario 64, Mario Kart, and Crash Bandicoot. He then grew up with Counter-Strike: 1.6, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, and Counter-Strike: Source. Though he knew about the Halo franchise, he didn’t begin loving it until Halo 3 hit the market, which was when he got his first Xbox 360 Elite. Since then, Erick says that the Halo franchise is the best video game franchise to ever hit the market and according to him, the best video game franchise to ever do it. #FanLove

Ultimately, Erick’s desire to begin in the Industry as a Quality Assurance stems from spending those, many, countless hours playing games and not getting paid.

PEPITO GO - LEAD GAME DESIGNER Pepito has a deep background and philosophy in Graphic Design, but his game design chops started ruminating when he was younger, creating mods, and custom levels for games such as Unreal Tournament, and Raven Shield. He had developed a passion for games while playing World of Warcraft and Elder Scrolls, and now has a BS in Game Design from the Art Institute of California-North Hollywood. Pepito also reaches out to other disciplines, maintaining a YouTube channel for audio/video editing, and voice acting for games like Fallout and Skyrim; He's 90% of the Khajiit cast in the world mod, Moonpath to Elsweyr. Favorite game of all time - Chrono Trigger Favorite game of recent time - Last of Us Favorite game 2017 - Horizon Zero Dawn

PEPITO GO - LEAD GAME DESIGNER

Pepito has a deep background and philosophy in Graphic Design, but his game design chops started ruminating when he was younger, creating mods, and custom levels for games such as Unreal Tournament, and Raven Shield. He had developed a passion for games while playing World of Warcraft and Elder Scrolls, and now has a BS in Game Design from the Art Institute of California-North Hollywood.

Pepito also reaches out to other disciplines, maintaining a YouTube channel for audio/video editing, and voice acting for games like Fallout and Skyrim; He's 90% of the Khajiit cast in the world mod, Moonpath to Elsweyr.

Favorite game of all time - Chrono Trigger
Favorite game of recent time - Last of Us
Favorite game 2017 - Horizon Zero Dawn

TODD MUNSON - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Todd is the Swiss Army Knife of the Built Games crew. Instead of being equipped with a corkscrew and a tiny pair of scissors, his skill set features a vast depth of useless knowledge (that somehow ends of being useful) and experience in cultivating online communities that dates all the way back to the Myspace era when he created a page for the legendary LA diner House of Pies. The page started as a very random joke and quickly developed a large and loyal following of pie fanatics. Since then, Todd has legitimized his social media work by acting as the social voice for many national brands and film and television properties. Todd's biggest gaming accomplishment is, and will always be, beating Double Dragon on only three quarters at Skate Island back in the summer of '87. If you ask nicely, he'll show you his "Atari thumb." 

TODD MUNSON - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Todd is the Swiss Army Knife of the Built Games crew. Instead of being equipped with a corkscrew and a tiny pair of scissors, his skill set features a vast depth of useless knowledge (that somehow ends of being useful) and experience in cultivating online communities that dates all the way back to the Myspace era when he created a page for the legendary LA diner House of Pies. The page started as a very random joke and quickly developed a large and loyal following of pie fanatics. Since then, Todd has legitimized his social media work by acting as the social voice for many national brands and film and television properties. Todd's biggest gaming accomplishment is, and will always be, beating Double Dragon on only three quarters at Skate Island back in the summer of '87. If you ask nicely, he'll show you his "Atari thumb."